Rare earths a rare opportunity - The Australian

The German historian Alexander Dermandt once catalogued 210 reasons that had been given for the fall of the Roman Empire. One was the depletion of its mineral resources. The silver of the Rio Tinto mines of Roman times was no doubt important to the longevity of the Pax Romana but minerals are even more important to our modern economy. Read more

The world needs more Australian coal, not less - The Spectator

Most fairy tales contain important life lessons and as the father of five children I have read my fair share of them. Take The Big Bad Wolf. He is a frightening figure that huffs and puffs. He does a great job at scaring the first two little pigs to run away. But no matter how much he tries, he can’t blow the third house down. Read more

A new golden age built with Australian coal - The Spectator

Thanks to the British Raj, English has many words of Indian heritage. Avatar is not a highly grossing Hollywood movie, or something in your Twitter profile, it is a Hindi word that means descent. The word comes from Hindu teaching and describes the descent of Lord Vishnu to earth, which he performs on a regular basis, to re-establish the purity and happiness of the Golden Age. Read more

Vale Tim Fischer - The Spectator

Tim Fischer’s penultimate speech in the House of Representatives was in response to a motion condemning the September 11 terrorist attacks. In that contribution Tim expressed his confidence that the “United States will recover from this human tragedy” and that he was “quietly confident that ... Australia would play its part ... and do so in honour of those who have died, been injured and been so seared in a direct way.” Read more

Why I’m proudly selling Aussie coal to India - The Daily Telegraph

We need to ignore the doom-mongers and continue to build on the great Australian coal industry, taking it to even greater heights, writes federal Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan. Read more

We are doing well, so let’s not have red tape tie us up - The Australian

Australia probably will create economic history later this year when we are likely to record our first current account surplus since 1975, all thanks to our record-breaking resource sector. Read more

Bushfire review spells out need for veg changes - Queensland Country Life

Last year in the immediate aftermath of the Queensland fires I visited the Miriam Vale evacuation centre. The people I met there had just lost land, property and pets. Their understandable frustration spilled over and almost every person raised with me that if only they had been able to do more cool burns, or clear fire breaks, this would not be as bad. Read more

Old king coal rules the road to Clermont - The Australian

To develop our resources for the nation we need politicians to work together A couple of months ago Bob Brown thought it was a fantastic idea to invade Queensland with an army of hypocritical and condescending activists.   Read more

Inner-city elites forget who put them there - The Weekend Australian

Our wealth is built on the endeavours and resources of neglected ground-level Australia I am so proud of the Nationals. We are fighters. We are battlers. And, yes, sometimes a blue is a little scrappy. Read more

Activists are the new colonialists - The Australian

Adani opponents won’t accept indigenous Australians wish to think for themselves. On November 27, 1861, a group of white settlers set out to take revenge against an Aboriginal tribe that had killed 19 people. At least 60 Aborigines from the Wangan and Jagalingou tribe were shot, but the true number was likely much higher. In the ­aftermath, the Wangan and Jagalingou were dispersed to missions, often hundreds of kilometres away. Read more


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